Jerry lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and he owns a pet store and keeps a pigeon coop on his roof. This charming episode of NYChapters (a short documentary series celebrating the lives of individual New Yorkers) profiles Jerry and his philosophies about life and his neighborhood. The series was created by Alexander Hankoff and edited by Morgan Mitchell, and more information can be found on the series’ website, Twitter, and Instagram.
Month: January 2016
Long before the Pentagon’s announcement, women were already embedded in the front lines of Afghanistan. All-female Cultural Support Teams (CSTs) served a unique purpose to engage with women and children on the ground, and to gather valuable intelligence—but these women soldiers were also in the thick of combat situations. What can we learn from their experiences? The Atlantic interviewed some of these women and gathered their thoughts on parity within the military, the unique qualifications of female soldiers, and what they would say to dissenters to the decision to allow women in combat roles.
David Vaughan works on the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef in the world and a vastly important ecosystem for sustaining underwater life. He and a team of scientists are working to combat the crisis in the world’s coral reefs—that is, that human beings have lost 25 to 40 percent of the world’s corals in recent decades due largely to seawater temperature rise and continued acidification of the ocean. Vaughan has developed a technique called “microfragmenting” that allows corals to grow more than 25 times faster than normal, which could rapidly restore the dwindling population of healthy coral reefs. The Atlantic went inside the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory in Summerland Key, Florida, where Vaughan is the executive director, to uncover how the process works and understand how much hope there is to reverse the damage caused by humans.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, an active shooter is “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.” These deadly events happen about 18 times per year in the Unites States. Active shootings are distinct from mass shootings, which are defined as incidents where four or more people are shot.
After the shooting at Columbine High School, The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center was created to instruct police officers in active-shooter response. Contributing producer Kelly Loudenberg went inside ALERRT courses to uncover how the nation is attempting to respond to the recent rise in mass killings.
With Great Power is an Atlantic project on police, crime, and guns in America, supported by a grant from the Joyce Foundation.
Manny Avalos is a self-proclaimed Renaissance man with a wide variety of skills and interests. After repairing a broken guitar for a friend, he was intrigued by the craftsmanship and detail that went into making one. Now, at 89 years old, Avalos works out of his shed everyday, crafting custom guitars from scratch. “It becomes boring, when suddenly everything is finished,” he says in this charming short documentary by Upland Film Co. “There’s a great joy in knowing that perhaps you have enough time to get to these things, to learn them.”
To see more work by the filmmakers, visit their website and Instagram. We’ve previously featured their endearing short film about an 83-year-old bowling enthusiast.